F’ville tightens up on local flea markets

The move to put restrictions on flea markets in Fayetteville passed by a 4-1 vote at the Sept. 6 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council. Front and center in the amended ordinance is the prohibition of flea market sales in parking lots.

Councilman Paul Oddo cast the vote opposing the amendment. Oddo after the meeting said, “I think the regulations are not necessary. I think we should have studied it for six months to see if there were any problems.”

Though rules governing flea markets previously existed, city Director of Planning and Economic Development Brian Wismer in an Aug. 3 letter said the intent of the ordinance was to provide formal guidelines for flea markets and not to prohibit them. Those guidelines would come with high standards of performance, he said.

Prior to the vote, the ordinance allowed sales in parking lots, while the amended ordinance prohibits those sales. The need for the amendment is due largely to the city not having the staff to enforce the previous version of the ordinance, said Wismer.

Wismer said city staff has fielded numerous citizen complaints and concerns about existing flea markets, adding that those businesses have created the need for ongoing staff inspections due to code violations and general safety concerns. Those concerns pertain primarily to conditions in the parking lots.

Though the city is sympathetic to the current business climate, Wismer said previously, the prolonged downturn in the economy has made flea markets a more popular business model for generating income. Wismer also noted that the emergence of flea markets can lead to a negative public perception that commercial development in the area is declining.

The ordinance allows flea markets as special exceptions only in the C-3 (Highway Commercial) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing) zoning districts. The ordinance sets parameters for zoning, licensing, establishes interior design criteria and prohibits vendor sales in parking lots.

As for the various vendors at Fayetteville Market Day and the distinction between that venue and that of a flea market operation, Wismer said Market Day is city-sponsored and operates only six times per year as opposed to flea markets than can be open year-round. The city also ensures that safety and sanitation precautions are taken in the highly-visible Market Day operations in downtown Fayetteville.

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Jordan's haters

Go back where you came from. It was here before you came and it's been here since I was a kid. Get over it or move back to New Jersey if it was so nice there.

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Fayetteville Commercial Development Is Declining?
Ben Nelms wrote:

Though the city is sympathetic to the current business climate, Wismer said previously, the prolonged downturn in the economy has made flea markets a more popular business model for generating income. Wismer also noted that the emergence of flea markets can lead to a negative public perception that commercial development in the area is declining.

Well maybe we don't need a flea market to indicate to us that commercial areas in Fayetteville are decling. Let's get rid of this potential job creator while destroying a revenue stream for our tax base. Sounds so Obamic to me.......

I stand with Paul on this one. Sounds like a backhanded way of getting rid of Jordan's Salvage to me. Hmmmmmmm....I guess the real reason is prolly racism.

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Racism, no. Elitism, yes indeed. Jordan is exempt for life

They have tried to get him before. No can do, he is grandfathered in and ain't going away. He makes more money than any other business in Fayetteville (might not pay taxes, but why quibble) and may even be considered an anchor tenant for Main Street Fayetteville and their mighty fine restaurants. What could be better than picking up a $20 used lawnmower, strapping on your SUV and then taking the wife and kids to one of the local places for lunch? Longbranch still open? The place on the square with the roofdeck? Melears? Must be a Mexican place nearby. Meat and three anywhere?

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The EPA needs to investigate Jordan's

There must be tons of toxic lead and liquid from batteries and oil seeping into our ground water from all of the crap from that crappy junkyard. Not to mention the rats that must be breeding unhibited throughout the joint.
Maybe I'll call the EPA and demand an investigation into all of the crap there that is polluting our environment.

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Anchor Tennant For Main Street Fayetteville?

As a personal fan of Jordan's Salvage and an avid supporter.... That was funny as all git out.....

Ummmm... Bob???? When was the last time you drove by Melears? Ya gotta git out more......